Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely dryness and complexity. It’s palate coating and builds nicely in the mouth. Yumm … I would give it an 88+. Sadly not in the LCBO but available by the case from Nicholas Pearce Wines for $29.95 a bottle in cases of 12, which is a very good deal for this wine. This was a real star for me at the recent Gambero Rosso tasting. It really stood out!
From the Winery’s web site:
Location: San Sebastiano in Monforte d’Alba
Hectares: 1.3 ha
Altitude: 360 m
Grape variety: Nebbiolo 100%
Plant density: 4,500 vines per hectare
Type of harvest: manual
Soil: clay and limestone, alternating with marl and fossiliferous sandstone, tending to “elveziano”
Vinification: spontaneous fermentation on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 17 days. 80% of malolactic fermentation takes place in large Austrian oak barrels and the remaining 20% in used tonneaux and barriques.
Ageing: 12 months in Austrian oak, with subsequent bottling in November
Ageing potential: 15 years and more
Production: 4,500 bottles
Format: 0.75 L
Serving temperature: 18°C
Sensory profile: full, elegant flavour, with soft, enveloping tannins. Aromatic bouquet with hints of rose, red berries and spices.